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Roadtrip from Hammond, Louisianna to Vancouver, BC

I will be in Hammond, Louisiana this October and wanted to make a road trip back to my home in Vancouver Canada. The current plan is to buy a vehicle in Hammond or New Orleans, then drive through Texas and up the coast. I am an artist, so visiting sites like Marfa to see the Chianti Foundation and visiting LA to see the MOCA and the Hammer are priorities. I am asking for advice on art sites and routes with the most interesting or essential things to see. I've visited a few places in the US but this is a big trip for me I may not be able to make again so I'd like to make the most of it. If you are American, assume I know nothing. The obvious for you may not be that obvious to a Canadian. Thanks!
posted by Staples on Apr 25, 2014 - 7 answers

help us plan a route from Vancouver to San Francisco

the other half and I are planning a road trip from Vancouver to San Francisco in early May and we're looking for some advice on route planning and potential stops (and stopovers.) [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on Mar 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Road Trip! Suggested eats and roadside attractions?

It appears as though my wife and I will be driving from Toronto, Canada to San Diego between Christmas and New Year's because that's what life presents you with sometimes. We're on a timetable so we can't stop at every cool thing, but it would be nice to find some scenic spots and local chow that isn't Denny's. Route and other details inside. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

California / Southwest road trip itinerary advice

Boyfriend and I are planning a round trip (by rental car) through California and the Southwest and we'd love some input on the first rough draft of the route. We're going for 23 days in September next year and would like to stay in fairly affordable hotels and motels (no camping). [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Nov 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Resources to help locate campgrounds in the PNW

You are driving through the PNW. Suddenly, you become [tired/inspired by the scenery]. You wish to find a place to camp in your vicinity. >OPEN GLOVEBOX >LOOK MAGIC CAMPING MAP [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

music for a west coast road trip?

I'm driving from LA to SFO with a dear friend of mine. We're going to take two nights in LA, two nights in Big Sur and one night around SF. Please recommend music for our trip! Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Interesting destinations between LA and San Fran??

What exciting things should we do/eat/see/visit on our road trip from San Francisco to LA in early january? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Dec 21, 2012 - 19 answers

How to see America in July?

My friend who has never been to the US has four weeks for an epic road trip/vacation. The catch: it's in July. What are the must see sights that won't induce heatstroke? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Dec 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out?

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out? Also, your favorite places along the way? [more inside]
posted by (lambda (x) x) on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas!

Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Northern California and Oregon Coast road trip questions

Northern California and Oregon Coast road trip questions: specifically a place to stay on the coast within 2 hours North of San Francisco, advice on Sonoma and where to camp on South and Central Oregon Coast! [more inside]
posted by sinical on Aug 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me plan my short Grand Canyon Roadtrip

Metafilter, I need a road trip reality check and suggestions. I'm going on a short road trip to the Grand Canyon from June 28-June 30, departing from Riverside County in Southern California. I think I'm set on my plan for my trip to the Grand Canyon, but I'm looking for suggestions for the trip back. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Mythical and mysterious places of the Bay Area (and CA)?

San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Apr 29, 2012 - 28 answers

Should I take California or Utah to get to Texas?

Oregon to Texas Roadtrip: which is the better route, down through California/AZ/NM or through Utah/NM? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Mar 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Things to see in California?

Places not to miss roughly between San Francisco and Vegas? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Mar 1, 2012 - 13 answers

What should I see on my roadtrip?

What should I stop and see while traveling between Ashland and Las Vegas via I-5, Hwy 89, Hwy 44, Susanville, CA and Reno, NV? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Finding Web Nerds in Northern California and Oregon?

I'd like to explore the local web/tech nerd and geek scene in small cities and towns between San Francisco and Portland. How and where do I find the right folks? [more inside]
posted by polexa on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Help us fill in the blanks on our road trip from Seattle to San Francisco

West Coast Road Trip! Mr. desjardins and I are flying into Seattle in early September, renting a car and driving to San Francisco. What do we do in between? We want places to stay and things to do. Amazing scenery is a priority. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 25, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me make the most of my Northern California trip.

What to do on my Northern California road trip? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Jun 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Weather along the west coast in March?

In late March, I'm going to drive from Seattle to Los Angeles via 101 and 1 (hugging the coast as closely as I can while staying on highways). Are there any spots along that route which have the potential for bad weather? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Jan 28, 2011 - 15 answers

How long does it take to drive from Monterey to Hearst Castle, along Highway 1?

My family and I will be taking a road trip along California's Highway 1 from Monterey to Solvang in mid-September. We want to stop for a tour of Hearst Castle along the way. What time should we leave Monterey, and by extension, which tour timeslot should we schedule? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on Jun 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Central CA Adventure

What are some awesome stops along the way from LA to SF for a weekend road trip? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on May 3, 2010 - 18 answers

Cheap driving trip from LA?

Where can I go in SoCal for a 3 day weekend? [more inside]
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola on Sep 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Road trip through Western US

What is there to see on I-80 in the Western US? [more inside]
posted by donajo on Jun 9, 2009 - 27 answers

LA to SF not on the PCH

Los Angeles to San Francisco: Help me find an alternate route! [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on May 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Winter Long Weekend Getaway Ideas

MLK long weekend trip ideas leaving from San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by cucumberfresh on Dec 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Help California (or western Nevada/Arizona) entertain us!

Please provide some suggestions for an entertaining 1 day road trip based out of Los Angeles. We've already traveled to Death Valley, Salton Sea... [more inside]
posted by guruguy9 on May 29, 2008 - 16 answers

California dreamin'

I will be doing a very anticipated trip to California for the first time. Please advice with good tips! [more inside]
posted by fcoury on May 6, 2008 - 23 answers

What should we see and do from 4/24 to 5/2 between Sacramento and Los Angeles?

What should we see and do from 4/24 to 5/2 between Sacramento and Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn on Mar 11, 2008 - 10 answers

I roam around and round and round and round and round.

Possible girl & her dog roadtrip retreat over the holidays. Nothing too expensive. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Nov 14, 2007 - 17 answers

What to do on a one week roadtrip south of Los Angeles?

What to do on a one week roadtrip south of Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by eileen on Sep 26, 2007 - 14 answers

Worthwhile attractions near Redwood National Park

RoadtripFilter, I am in need of kid-friendly sights, attractions and lodging (camping or hotel) along the Redwood Highway. Specifically near the Redwood National Park. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on Aug 4, 2007 - 4 answers

West Coast Road Trip

I'm preparing for a road trip that will take me up the California Coast, Oregon Coast, Washington (Seattle) and into Canada at least as far North as Whistler. Can you provide specific recommendations on where to stop? What motels should I stay at? What's interesting to see/do/photograph? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jun 14, 2007 - 23 answers

What is the best way to live-blog a cross-country road trip??

What is the best method & location for live-blogging a cross country trip using a MacBook, DSLR camera, DV camera, t-mobile EDGE and intermittent wifi? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

on the road again

In late May, I'll be driving with a bunch of friends in an RV from Sacramento CA to George WA and back for the Sasquatch Music Festival. I've only driven as far north as the Oregon border before, so I'm looking for recommendations of interesting places to stop - your favorite diners, pie shops, waterfalls, hot springs (improved or not) and other oddities of northwest highway culture. I'm familar with many Northern California hot springs (I really like the one in Sierraville), and would love to find other very inexpensive and informal places like that.
posted by luriete on Apr 25, 2007 - 14 answers

road trip on the west coast

Road trip from San Diego to Seattle - what not to miss! and what to avoid! [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Apr 4, 2007 - 20 answers

Out of my dome to see Half Dome in a day?

Am I crazy to spend only 1 day (2 nights) in the Yosemite Park area? We've got a limited budget, and Yosemite is just one stop in our road trip down the PCH. [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Jul 14, 2006 - 22 answers

Fun on Highway 1

Driving up the California coast from LA to San Fran, 101 to 1, before turning inland at Santa Cruz. Looking for recommendations for great places to stay (relatively cheap) and great things to do along the way. Big Sur is definite, and I'm looking to overnight in the area. Everyone has favorites along this route. I want to hear 'em all.
posted by fourcheesemac on Jun 18, 2006 - 25 answers

Roadtrip from San Francisco CA to Vancouver BC, not along the coast or I-5

I'm looking for route ideas and places to stop for a week-long driving trip from San Francisco CA to Vancouver BC, that stays east of I-5. I want to do some back country hiking and hit some hot springs along the way. [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Jun 2, 2006 - 11 answers

Like the movie Road Trip, but with less Tom Green.

So we're thinking about a road trip south from Vancouver to (maybe) LA... [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Feb 7, 2006 - 17 answers

Route to California

I'm helping my mother move from Texas to California. Starts in San Antonio, stops once in Tucson, AZ and finishes in Santa Rosa, CA. The on-line map services all seem to go by Interstate without regard to other roads. Can you recommend a quicker route than the Interstate system or is that indeed the quickest route?
posted by Captaintripps on Jan 5, 2005 - 14 answers

road trip advice going through San Francisco and Seattle

On a whim, I'm driving from Milwaukee to San Francisco to Seattle and back to Milwaukee again. I'll be going through WI, IL, IA, NE, CO, UT, NV, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, and MN and am looking for some tips on sights I shouldn't miss. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bakiwop on Aug 7, 2004 - 20 answers

Motorcycle Touring in CA

I live in San Jose, CA and I recently got a new (used) SV650S motorcycle. I am looking for tips with regard to doing some touring and/or camping using the bike.

Also, if you have any tips on how to have a more pleasant time getting to Yosemite and the rest of the Sierra than riding through the flotilla of bugs that is the central valley, I'm all ears.
posted by gkostolny on May 13, 2004 - 6 answers

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